Roy Klassen, TEP

Roy Klassen | Calgary Wills & Estates Lawyer | McLEOD LAW
Klassen, TEP


Kim Jamieson


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), 2001
Admitted to Law Society of Alberta, 1993
Université de Moncton, LL.B., 1992


Roy is a partner and head of the Wills & Estates group at McLeod Law. With over 25 years of wealth management and protection experience, Roy advises clients in wills, estates and succession planning with a focus on international, U.S./cross-border planning, trust creation and compliance. He advises high net worth individuals, their families, family offices and related businesses.

Roy was in-house legal counsel to major Canadian and international financial institutions which included 10 years in Bermuda and Switzerland.

Roy is a long-standing member of the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP – UK).

He is fluent in both French and German and as of 2014, was appointed as Honorary Consul for France in Calgary by Phillipe Zeller, France Ambassador to Canada.

Trade Publications

  • “International Estate Planning Handbook” of DFK, a national association of independent accounting firms, co-author of the Canadian section, 2015
  • "Planning for the Aging Client", Legal Education Society of Alberta, Edmonton & Calgary, May 2012
  • "Asset and Wealth Protection” STEP Calgary March 2012
  • "Doing Business in France”, Calgary Economic Development, November 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • “Elizabeth’s Legacy: The short (and painful) history of the Rule against Perpetuities”, CBA Alberta (South) Wills and Trusts, June 2017
  • Trust Drafting Tips & Traps - Including the Impact of US Family Members, STEP Calgary, November 2013

Teaching Roles

  • "Estate Planning for the Blended Family", Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA), 48th Annual Refresher Course, April 19-21, 2015
  • Various Breakfast Club, Financial Institution Presentations to Staff

Media Coverage

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Honorary Consul for France in Calgary, French Consul, 2014 - present
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association Wills & Trusts Law Section (Southern Alberta Branch)
  • Member of the Trust Institute Canada (Institute of Canadian Bankers), 2001
  • Member of the Society of Estates and Trusts Practitioners, 2001

Community Involvement

  • Member, Calgary Accueil (French Expat Business Club)
  • Former Director, Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce